Day At The Track

Tact Tama winning in Aussie

06:30 AM 24 May 2020 NZST
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“At two he couldn’t pace at all with the hopples on so in the end I had to take them off,” said Winton trainer Trevor Proctor who educated Tact Tama, one of the rising stars in Australian Harness Racing at the moment.

The Christian Cullen four year old has won all four of his starts at Menangle for new trainer Tim Butt.

“He used to cater round keeping the other horses company. At three he started to free leg on the jogging frame,” continued Proctor.

Proctor says eventually the hopples when back on the horse. “He was just a slow learner and  a very laid back character. He was more of a nuisance than anything. He got the stable name Doug after a well-known Central Southland harness identity (laughter). We would put the covers on, he’d take them off and he’d stand on straps. One of those annoying slow learning horses.”

Proctor says Tact Tama never had any pressure put on him and that probably stood to him.

“Bernie Rae used to drive him ninety percent of the time and she always liked him.”

The horse’s true ability first came to light at the Winton track one day when Proctor, another Winton trainer Gavin Johnstone and Rae were fast working three horses.

“Bernie went to the front. At the turn I came up to Gavin and we chatted and we looked up and Bernie was away by five lengths. She turned round at the winning post and said ‘I told you he was good.’

From there the horse went to the workouts and qualified at Wyndham on January 8th winning his heat in 3-05.3.

“He’s a nicely balanced horse and he qualified easy.”

Proctor said there was plenty of interest in the horse after he qualified and after Butt rang driver Brent Barclay to ask his opinion on the Tact Tama the deal was done.

“I’m fully aware of what Tim Butt can do for your horses. The next thing is that he comes back and buys another one.”

Tact Tama was exported to Australia at the end of January and he won his first start at the beginning of April at Menangle by 13 metres, before going on and winning his second by 14 metres, running a mile in 1-51.0.

“Going 1-51 second up was amazing.”

His two wins since have also been impressive. The horse has also launched the driving career of Butt’s son Riley who’s been on-board in all of his four wins.

Soon after Butt purchased Tact Tama he bought Tact Tory from Proctor. Tact Tory is a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of ten win mare Tact Lizzie.

“He hasn’t even been to the workouts. He gave me a good feeling a couple of times. He’s a big horse and I didn’t rush him. Things like swimming over there will do him good.”

Tact Tama is out of Albert Albert mare Tact Hayley Jane and Proctor is breaking in her latest foal, a rising two year old colt by Sweet Lou.

“He’s a nice strong cut of a horse and the cart will be going on him this weekend weather permitting.”

Tact Haley Jane’s best foal to date has been Tact Hayley Delight, the winner of four races in New Zealand and another twelve in Australia. She’s won over $300,000 and her wins include the Group Two Sibelia Stakes and Group Three Baby Bling Stakes both run at Menangle. She’s retired from racing and has left an Art Major filly and a Sweet Lou colt for her Aussie owners.

Proctor has a handful of other well-bred stock to go on with including Tact Lizzie’s latest foal by American Ideal which is being broken in at the moment by Daryl Muir (son of Denice Swain).

“He (Muir) takes his time and does a good job.”

He also has a three year old out of Tact Hayley by Art Major.

“He’s got a lot of character and a bit of zip and I’m looking forward to getting him going again.”

 

Bruce Stewart

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